One thing is for sure: all eyes will be on Warner Bros. when Wonder Woman 1984 hits HBO Max. The future of this endeavor could very well depend on how that film performs on the streaming service. If it does incredibly well, drawing in both new subscribers and a hefty take from PVOD, Warner Bros. is unlikely to change the release model going forward. If, for some reason, it fails, well, anything could happen.
Lending her voice to the backlash, Robbie spoke to THR about the move. Other people, like Christopher Nolan, have had harsh words for the studio, but Robbie errs on the side of caution. Robbie says that she hopes the situation will “work itself out” eventually. The star also emphasizes that Warner Bros. is a talent-forward studio and that they ultimately didn’t change that by making this decision.
“We know there are people at Warner Bros whom we have brilliant relationships with that are very talent-friendly and are responsible for the incredible reputation Warner Bros has had over the past decades as the predominant talent-forward studio. We are hopeful that this will work itself out and that Warner Bros will do right by its storytellers. I think everyone is figuring that out. All we can do is come back to, why are we doing this in the first place? If we were money-oriented people, we’d probably be working in a different industry. For us, it’s the excitement of telling stories and being on sets and giving people a platform, and stuff like [the Warner Bros news] doesn’t change that.”
The studio is already set to potentially lose over $1 billion at the box office in 2021, but that has not deterred them. Margot Robbie’s statement may be vague, but it’s one of the kinder ones to come out of the situation – the actress seems acutely aware that, right now, nobody is really winning